Kane Creek Blvd. (paved) parallels the Colorado River and Potash Road (Route 279) for about 7.5 miles; it then turns into a dirt road which you can follow to Kane Creek Canyon; and eventually to the junction that will lead to Hurrah Pass. When the road turns to dirt, begins to curve to the left and there is a large parking lot in front of you, you've reached the beginning to Kane Creek Canyon. By the way, some folks refer to this as Kane Springs Canyon, but I'm sticking to simple Kane Creek...same road name, same canyon area. Let me tell you that researching and comparing all this information gave me one whopper of a headache!
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Moonflower Canyon is only three miles down the road, but I've already expressed this post is for another day. If you are in the area though, before I get it written up; you must stop and visit there as it's absolutely gorgeous. There are camping sites throughout, petroglyphs and even an old Native American ladder in a split in the wall near the petroglyphs. There's your tease...
Every once in a while take a look across the river at Potash Road; never know what you'll suddenly spy like "Little Arch" which is at the edge of Poison Spider Mesa.
There are several homes along Kane Creek Blvd and what I mean by homes is converted, colorful school buses reminiscent of the "hippie" era. There is also a Pueblo home built into the sandstone, but it's unfinished and unoccupied. Every now and then you'll see a dirt road, the first leads to the "Moab Rim" trail which eventually loops back to Route 191; there's also a road to Hunter Canyon. Stay off the roads marked "no trespassing" and/or "private property"; make sure you have 4 wheel drive if attempting these dirt roads; especially when they have creeks intersecting them.
Another pictuesque scene on the road is an old tree that has formed its own natural "arch" over the road; combined with the beautiful drive along the Colorado River makes it very serene.
When you finally travel along Potash Road (Route 279), take a look across the river towards Kane Creek Blvd; outstanding!
Now this final photo has me stumped as to its name, if it truly has one as I'm not completely sure. I thought I saw it listed on someone's climbing blog, but of course, when I need to find it, I cannot. If anyone has a clue to the name of the formation to the left, please let me know, so I can write a caption on the bottom of the photo. Thanks! Basically I am posting it here as it simply looks interesting.
So there you have it; the short, but scenic drive down Kane Creek Blvd. until you reach the entrance to Kane Creek Canyon. There are several campgrounds along the road, but fees are charged, so be ready for that when looking to spend the night, or several nights, outdoors. This is not an overly long drive, so make room in your schedule to enjoy it.
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